DR. AND MRS. ATTENDU'S JEEP
(A literal translation by Clément Fortin)
REPORT OF THE BROSSARD COMMISSION OF ENQUIRY INTO THE COFFIN AFFAIR (27TH OF NOVEMBER 1964) VOL. 1 CHAPTER 5 (Part X)
THE JEEP WHOSE PRESENCE IN THE GASPÉ PENINSULA AND IN THE VICINITY WOULD HAVE BEEN « SEEN » BY EYE WITNESSES AT THE TIME THE CRIMES WERE COMMITTED
DR. AND MRS. ATTENDU’S JEEP
Here is a jeep of which Mr. Hébert spoke about and of which he avoided mentioning, as he did for the other jeeps, the date on which it might have been seen by Dr. Attndu, near the Fort Prével Inn, in the Laurentian Park, at some twenty miles from Gaspé.
Dr. Attendu was heard as a witness before this Commission.
It results from his testimony that during his stay at Fort Prével, on the 13th or on the 14th of August 1953, while he was driving his vehicle towards the Fort Prével Inn, for dinner, he saw a jeep about which he recalls vaguely as being soft, soft yellow, and bearing American licence plates « with yellow figures on a black background or green or with black figures on a reverse background”. He only saw it a few seconds, but it was not going fast, he could notice that it was covered with a wooden homemade “frame”, as opposed to those manufactured. When he speaks of yellow, he means to say the colour of natural wood which is the colour having similarities with yellow, brown, red or green. He did not notice the occupant or occupants of this jeep.
He recalls having spoken about this jeep with someone of the Provincial Police, either on the phone or at the Auberge de Fort Prével.
Much later on, he was asked to make a statement in a Montréal legal study whose members were acting as correspondents for Mtre Gravel; on this occasion, he signed an affidavit dated 27th September 1955 which was subsequently sent to the Department of Justice by Mtre Gravel, on the 1rst of October 1955.
When he saw the jeep, a month had passed since the remains of the three victims had been found and two months since the victims had been killed.
He has never been in touch with Mr. Hebert about this matter.
It is inaccurate that he declared that the jeep he saw was driving fast.
Even although, he knew, at the time, that eventually his sworn statement was to be sent to the Department of Justice, he cannot say who did it.
How Dr. Attend was able to speak to the police about this jeep, on the 27th of July 1953, as so declares Mr. Believe (page 101) since he only saw it on the 14th of August? How is it possible to link up to a jeep that Coffin might have seen, on the 10th of June, in the bush, at some forty miles west of Gaspe, a jeep going at 20 miles east of Gaspé, on the 14th of August, more than two months later, unless one loses himself, once more, in hypotheses and conjectures which do not constitute the least a convincing or probative proof.
And why would we link up this jeep to that of Coffin rather than to any other resembling it which might have, in August, September or October 1953, been found in the Gaspe peninsula or within a radius of several hundred miles from the Gaspe peninsula? The question includes its answer which brings out the lack of seriousness and thoughtfulness in the affirmations related to this jeep found in the books of Messrs. Bellieau and Hébert and od the sending of Dr. Attendu’s affidavit to the Departmant of Justice.?
It is not surprising that in his two books, Jacques Hébert has not spoken about the date when Dr. Attendu saw “this jeep going at great speed” and like the others “suddenly disappeared”. (page 164) (To be continued)
NEXT WEEK, YOU WILL READ ABOUT JOHN HACKETT’S JEEP